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Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation to Host 31st Annual STARS Gala - Archived

Lexington, Ky. (November 5, 2019) — Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation will host its 31st Annual STARS Gala on the evening of Saturday, November 9. Funds raised from the annual event will benefit the Emergency Department Renovation Project at Saint Joseph Hospital. The gala will take place at Lexington Center, located at 430 W. Vine Street.

“We’re expecting a great turnout of over 500 guests for this year’s STARS Gala,” said Leslie Smart, CFRE, president, Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation. “With support from generous donors and friends, we will continue to improve emergency services in the Lexington community.”

The 31st Annual STARS Gala will kick off with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 6:30 p.m., followed by an awards presentation and dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Jessica Croley, MD, will be recognized as 2019 Saint Joseph East Physician of the Year, while Kevin Donohue, MD, will be recognized as the Saint Joseph Hospital 2019 Physician of the Year. The Hillenmeyer family will be recognized as the 2019 Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation’s Community Philanthropist of the Year.

After the program, guests will enjoy live music and dancing starting at 8 p.m. Bidding for the silent action will close at 10 p.m.

Last year’s gala raised nearly $140,000 for the Emergency Department Renovation Project. Over the years, the gala has raised more than $1.6 million for mission and outreach services.

To learn more about the STARS Gala or Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation, visit

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves.

About Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation
Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation supports CHI Saint Joseph Health’s drive for excellence by inspiring donors to make a tangible difference through their philanthropic investment in outstanding patient care facilities and services, the education of caregivers, advanced clinical research and improved access to quality medical care.



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Tuesday, November 05, 2019